Watching last Sunday’s game, I couldn’t shake the deja vu that I’d already lived through this once. No, it wasn’t the game against the Cardinals in week 1, it was a lot longer ago. It turns out that my head was remembering games from way back in 1992.
I went and looked at the stats. this year’s team can’t possible compare with that disaster of a team that went 2-14, could it? Well, through 4 games, the two teams are closer to each other than you might think:
|Year||Off Pass yards||NFL Rank||Total defense||Record after 4 games|
That’s pretty scary if you ask me.
The 1992 team had an amazing defense. Cortex Kennedy was the NFL’s defensive player of the year that year, but the offense simply couldn’t move the ball, especially through the air. Sound familiar? It should. While the Seahawks might not have a defensive player of the year candidate on the 2012 squad, the defense is one of the best in the league, while the offense isn’t pulling it’s weight.
It’s the type of correlation that could lead Seahawks fans into a massive state of depression. But before you climb out on the window ledge of a super tall building you should probably look again and notice that I neglected to include the rushing offense.
That’s because Marshawn Lynch and the team’s rush offense has been great so far, and the 1992 squad had no such ability. The 2012 Seahawks have outgained the 1992 squad on the ground by just under 200 yards through the first 4 games (603 vs 409). Unlike the 1992 team, this Seahawk team can move the ball at times.
Hopefully, Wilson’s continued development will begin to show on the stat sheets in the next few games, and this entire comparison will become obsolete. He has the talent, he just needs to begin seeing what he’s supposed to be seeing on the field. If that happens, then we have nothing to worry about.
If it doesn’t, if Wilson continues to remind us older Seahawks fans of Kelly Stouffer, then the Seahawk’s season will hinge on the ability of Marshawn Lynch to stay both healthy and productive. If he doesn’t, this entire season could go downhill very quickly.